Tomorrow, December 22nd will be the second-to-last day of Sun Youth’s Christmas baskets distribution. People coming to receive their food hampers will be greeted and served by none other than Chef Chuck Hughes, volunteering with his son (9 am to 10:30 pm) The organization is also welcoming long-time friends from the SPVM: former Director Marc Parent and retired Commander Robert Sauvé, along with friends and family (1 pm to 4 pm). At the end of Sun Youth’s 2018 Christmas baskets distribution, some 4000 families will have received perishable and non perishable food, hygiene products and a few surprises, with as many brand new toys donated to children 12 years and under.
In addition to distributing food hampers to thousands of underprivileged families, Sun Youth also provides children (12 years old and under) whose families are registered for a basket with a brand new toy that they can put under the tree. In all, some 4,000 new toys are donated each year. Currently, the organization is approaching a shortage of toys for boys and girls aged 0 to 2 and for those aged 11 and 12. The organization is therefore making an urgent appeal to the public and businesses that would like to support Sun Youth to donate new toys, especially for targeted age groups (0 to 2 years old and 11-12 years old). Donations can be made directly to the Sun Youth Service Center (6700 Parc Avenue, suite 100 – Montreal, QC H2V 4H9) by December 23rd from 8am to 6pm. Donations must be dropped-off at the back of the building at the loading dock, accessible via Hutchison Street then St-Zotique.
Sun Youth wishes to thank everyone, people and companies, for making this annual Holiday campaign possible, from preparing and distributing food hampers and toys to organizing food drives for the organization. To all of these generous people, do not hesitate to share your stories and pictures on Sun Youth’s social media pages and use the #givetoday hashtag!